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Venal


VE'NAL, adjective [Latin vena, a vein.] Pertaining to a vein or to veins; contained in the veins; as venal blood. [See Venous, which is generally used.]

VE'NAL, adjective [Latin venalis, from venco, to be sold.]

1. Mercenary; prostitute; that may be bought or obtained for money or other valuable consideration; as a venal muse; venal services.

2. That may be sold; set to sale; as, all offices are venal in a corrupt government.

3. Purchased; as a venal vote.